Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jun 2006, 11:13am by Guest

Quarterbacks and Fourth Quarter Comebacks

When you think of fourth-quarter heroics in the NFL, you think of quarterbacks. John Elway willing his team to victory over and over. Tom Brady marching the Patriots down the field for two last-minute Super Bowl wins. Flutie Magic. Is there really a measurable difference between quarterbacks when it comes to leading fourth-quarter comebacks? Does the list of the best fourth-quarter quarterbacks actually match our memories? And why do we tend to blame coaches for losing late leads, and give them far less credit than the quarterbacks when it comes to comebacks? Jason McKinley investigates.

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95 comments, Last at 09 Jan 2007, 4:33pm by Ray

03 Jun 2006, 11:01pm by Guest

Four Downs: NFC South

Good times in the NFC South, as the Falcons get a first-round cornerback in the second round and the Saints get a first-pick player with the second pick. They also may have snagged the best undrafted free agent available. Meanwhile, Carolina makes an unexpected choice at running back, and Tampa Bay makes some unexpected choices on the offensive line. Sean McCormick has Best Player Available analysis and Darrel Michaud has the rest of the news from around the division in the latest edition of Four Downs.

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61 comments, Last at 24 Jun 2006, 2:10am by Stephen Yang

24 Apr 2006, 04:43pm by Guest

Draft Position

Take the best player available, some say. Draft for need, some say. Guest columnist Tim Murray says that based on the composition of NFL rosters, draft players at different positions differently.

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136 comments, Last at 04 May 2012, 4:15pm by rajwoodson

21 Apr 2006, 10:50am by Guest

Heisman Trophy vs. Golden Spikes

Next weekend, while Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart are being feted in New York City, their baseball equivalents will be quietly going about their business in Wichita and Salt Lake City. Jim Baker from Baseball Prospectus takes a look at which award produces better pros: the Heisman or the Golden Spikes. Test yourself before you read: Can you guess the only school to produce both award winners in the same year, or the only award winners from the same year who currently play in the same city?

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43 comments, Last at 25 Apr 2006, 9:19am by Trogdor

04 Apr 2006, 04:23pm by Guest

Four Downs: NFC South

Darrel Michaud returns to look after the first month of free agency in the NFC South. The Saints brought up the rear in the division, and they made lot of changes. The Bucs won the division, and they've made almost none. Maybe these guys know something about how to run a football team.

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51 comments, Last at 16 May 2006, 8:24am by TenaciousD

23 Mar 2006, 04:26pm by Guest

College Quarterbacks Through the Prism of Statistics

Can college football stats somehow be used to predict which players will succeed in the NFL? It will surprise many to discover the answer is "yes." With this look at Matt Leinart, Vince Young and Jay Cutler, guest columnist David Lewin previews his college-to-NFL QB projection system, which will get its proper debut in Pro Football Prospectus 2006.

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137 comments, Last at 11 Nov 2010, 4:37am by Carla

14 Mar 2006, 11:38pm by Guest

Pete Morelli Under Review

A lot of people complained about the officiating in this year's playoffs. But just like players, officials cannot really be judged on a single game in the national spotlight. Guest columnist Matthew Furtek goes through several regular season games to judge the referee behind the most controversial calls of this past January. Bill who? No, we're talking about Pete Morelli, the man who overturned Troy Polamalu's interception in Indianapolis and presided over the infamous false start/offsides that was neither a false start nor an offsides.

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47 comments, Last at 13 Apr 2006, 11:37pm by Mentos

27 Feb 2006, 06:48pm by Guest

Four Downs: NFC South

New Orleans fell apart from the beginning of the season, while Atlanta waited until November. Tampa Bay and Carolina were successful, only to find their holes exposed in the postseason. Meet FO intern Darrel Michaud as he takes you for a trip around the NFC South.

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42 comments, Last at 10 Apr 2006, 12:08am by ski

06 Nov 2005, 12:13am by Guest

The Game Charters Speak

The volunteers from the FO game charting project have their say about what they've seen in this year's games. It's a companion piece to Every Team Counts, particularly if you are interested in the Lions, Giants, Dolphins, Eagles, or Bears (although there are notes on other teams as well).

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19 comments, Last at 18 Nov 2005, 6:23am by Vince

14 Oct 2005, 05:40pm by Guest

The Evolving Predictive Powers of DVOA

DVOA is emphatically not about gambling. But if it happens to work for gambling, who are we to keep that knowledge from you? Guest columnist Sean McCormick provides an eye-opening analysis of the success of DVOA when betting the line over the past two seasons.

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135 comments, Last at 10 Nov 2005, 10:01pm by TBW